So, for the summer, I thought I would lighten my load by posting once a week. You know what? I *like* only posting once a week! I am going to continue the trend. It just seems sensible, what with all I have bitten off.
School is back in session for us, and with it a shift in the flow of the day. It’s fun and good: we’re all earlier to bed, earlier to rise. Okay, maybe “fun” is the wrong word as we all seem a bit more harried, but that could simply be us adjusting our schedules. And with a new year comes homework (!) and more nightly music lessons and projects of interest. One project: Learning to spin. And knit what we spin. Oh boy.
Another new-ish thing for the late summer/fall is that I have begun an informal CSA. I only have five subscribers but goodness, I didn’t plant my summer garden thinking I was to harvest enough for six households…in other words, it’s a stretch! Fortunately, it IS informal, and the mix of goods is broad (yogurt/kefir/cheese, eggs, veg, fruit, bread, and canned goods, as well as fresh ferments like krauts and kimchi as I make them. And leftovers. My subscribers aren’t picky, and actually appreciate a quart of bean soup.). We all just figured on a weekly dollar amount and I will scare up enough victuals to hit that number. So far, it’s been working. The summer CSA will focus more on veg and the fall/winter more on salad…and oven bread and beans and the like.
Next year is projected to be a Year of Meat. We will be raising meat chickens for the CSA members. I am also going to get into meat rabbits, and Tom wants to do bees (which are not meat but, you know, honey is wonderful). We are also toying with the idea of a fiber animal or two (either one angora goat or two sheep…we don’t want to do angora rabbits as the brushing sessions seem too time-intensive). It’s all part of a piece, really, about learning, sharing, and doing. For us, doing is being, and when we’re growing and learning new things, we’re happy.
Everything is an evolution, whether one is adding to one’s workload or reducing it. Right?